If you’re a Pinterest-junky like most people in our modern world, there is a good chance you have caught a glimpse of the popular “do it yourself” (DIY) projects circulating the site. People make everything from DIY wedding decorations to DIY storage units. The crafting craze has even made its way to the construction industry, with DIY playhouses for kids and DIY custom walls and flooring for bedrooms. With thousands of self-empowering projects created every day, it is no surprise that DIY pools have quickly become a popular option!
You may be thinking: wait, I can’t build my own pool! Where do I even start?!
Don’t worry! We can help you better understand what it means to take on a DIY project of this size. Things to remember:
- You can still have a pool designed for you. It’s called a DIY pool, but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything In fact, we offer a DIY Homeowner Pool Package where the pool design is included. Feeling creative? Of course, you can design your own pool and have us overlook the specifics with our Onsite Consulting option. Either way, it’s always good to have an experienced team on your side during this exciting process.
- You’ll need to get a permit from your city, and (most of the time) HOA approval. This process can take weeks, since you’ll have to get your plans approved by an electricity company (generally Oncor, Coserv, GCEC and TNMP) and then submit your plans to the city. Make sure you also call Texas811 before you start digging! If you have an HOA, they will definitely need to approve the project before you move forward. Just as we offer pool design, we are also here to help you get those plans ready for approval, if you request.
- You are ultimately in charge of choosing the subcontractors to build the pool. Most pool companies subcontract out at least some work when it comes to building a pool. This step can be a bit challenging, especially because there are many different elements that go into completing a pool. For example, if you want a gunite pool you will need different companies for the steel, plumbing, gunite, tile and coping, electric, and decking for around the pool. You will also need to purchase pool equipment such as a pump, filter, and cleaning system. There are many, many choices when it comes to pool subcontractors, so it can be difficult to sift through them all. The upside is you are not restricted by one set of subcontractors as you would be if you were building a pool directly through a pool company. Recommendations can always be helpful, but in the end you can shop prices and see which subcontractors would be the best fit for your project.
- You don’t have to go through this process alone! DIY pools are a great way to save money, and there are still options to have an experienced professional pool company guide you throughout the process. Whether you are looking for a few site audits from a professional pool builder to make sure things are running smoothly, or looking for a company to provide a more structured outline and options, Medallion Construction Services can help! We even offer services for pool startup, weekly pool maintenance, and pool school to teach you everything you need to know about caring for your new pool.
If you think a DIY pool may be the right option for you, don’t hesitate to contact us today! We can assess your budget and needs, and then recommend the most comfortable option for you. Pool construction is a passion of ours, so we want every project (not just our own) to turn out the best it possibly can!